tv Eyewitness Noon News CBS February 24, 2011 12:00pm-12:30pm EST
here's what people are talk and today. more officers may be involved in a huge corruption. derek valcourt has more on the investigation. >> reporter: hi, jessica, in all, we're now told a total of 31 officers have been caught up in the kick back scheme. 17 have been arrested and criminally charged. another 14 have not been arrested, but they're in trouble for violating the police department rules. all 31 of them, today, they're facing suspension hearings.
this is at police headquarters. >> reporter: the agents left the majestic body shop in rosedale with evidence in connection with a kick back scheme. the officers responded to accident scenes and convinced the drivers to let majestic tow and repair their cars rather than a city authorized towing company. in exchange, they were given $300 for each car. one officer made over $14,000. >> i personally took the badges from every one of those men who were arrested today. fbi wiretaps showed a police officer saying, i'm not here to. [ bleep ] up your life. i'm here to earn $300.
>> one said, my pay made me cry. this job is so [blank], i want to leave here. >> reporter: if convicted, the officers face $250,000 in fines. >> reporter: now, a number of 31 officers have been caught up in the scheme. they were based from the north east district. the police department here is now reassigning a specialized unit over to that district to the north east to help make up for the short fall. we're live at police headquarters. derek, thank you. this emotional debate is drawing to an end. mike hellgren has more.
>> reporter: good afternoon, don. simply put, a lot of senators not wanting to speak decided they'll say something about the issue. a lot of people brought up the fiscal impact of same sex marriage. supporters say it's about freedom. >> reporter: the debate has been more spirited than most sides predicted. the body is expected the battle to last into the evening. >> i'm going on record to opposition to the bill. the reason is -- that marriage really is designed for people who love each other and want to have children. >> he's my spouse in every sense of the way. to the law, he's a legal stranger.
he's my partner. i wouldn't ask anyone of you to call your spouse a partner. next, the hearing goes to the house and on to the governor. he'll sign it on to law. >> there are times, i want to listen to the constituents. on most issues, i try to do what they want. there are times when you have to do what's right. >> the government has no compelling interests. love between and man and a woman that leads to children is the only love that the government has a right to recognize. >> they wouldn't force churches to provide marriages. >> reporter: now, opponents say if this passes, they'll plan to have a referendum next year. the senate reconvenes at 50:00
tonight -- at 5:30 tonight. thank you, and wjz will continue to follow the debate this evening. bringing you on airup dates. an update on a high school student that was shot. the police arrested the man who shot the 18-year-old. he was killed over the weekend at a gas station in north east baltimore. a tip lead to the arrest of the murder. another day of deliberations in the trial of cleveland williams. he stabbed his wife in 2008 outside of a city courthouse. he said he never intended to kill her. if convicted of manslaughter, the maximum sentence would be
ten years. this company is recalling 2 million cars due to a problem with pedals. they could become stuck on floor mats. toyota has recalled 14 million vehicles since 2009. we're taking a live look outside. it looks like the sun's trying to make its way through the clouds. what can we expect into the weekend? >> martin luther marty bass and tim williams have the weather. the clouds have started to roll in. we've seen more and more cloud cover. we'll look at the first warning doppler weather radar. it will give you an idea of what's heading our way. we have a good bit of rain coming in, we could see soaking rain tonight and tomorrow. maybe even thunderstorms before
it rolls out of here. we have a little bit of cause and effect. for more, we'll send it to marty. thank you, good afternoon, everyone. we're not looking for any sleet, freezing rain and wintry mix and snow. we'll have march like high winds in the area from tomorrow, let's say 11:00 midday through the hour. we'll see winds at 20 to 30 with a gust to 60 miles per hour. we have a high wind watch, that will become a warning. once we get into tomorrow -- i mean, look, this time next week, it will be march. what do they say about march winds, they bring april showers and may flowers. we'll see the winds about a week early. we'll have more with tim williams during the first warning weather segment. thousands are fleeing libya.
those who haven't evacuated are fearing getting caught in the cross fire. during a rambling phone call to state tv out lets today, gadhafi blamed the unrest on drugs and influence from terrorist leader osama bin laden. the wikileaks founder should be sent to sweden, they say. charlie d'agata has more. >> reporter: julian assange is losing the battle to stay in london. >> it comes as a surprise, but it's wrong. >> reporter: he can be sent to sweden where he's wanted on questions for allocations.
it's said he sexually assaulted two volunteers. >> there was no consideration during this entire process as to the merit of the allocations made against me. >> reporter: his defense lawyers say that the sex charges are politically motivated. they claim that sweden wants to turn assange over to the u.s.. the supporters of assange followed the case every step of the way since his arrest. all though he's wanted for questioning, he hasn't been charged with crimes. >> why is it i'm kept under house arrest and i've not even been charged in any country? >> reporter: and the swedish prosecutors question if he's innocent, why doesn't he come
to sweden to clear his name? assange will be under house arrest. his lawyers have seven-days to file an appeal. several players are coming together for a good cause. they'll be on hand for the football and faith event. you can meet the players and enjoy a football tailgate meal. all of the proceeds benefit kingdom reign. still to come on wjz-13 eyewitness news at noon. a fire ball lights up the night sky in pennsylvania. almost every teacher in the road island town we're about to mention is in fear of losing their jobs.
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a huge explosion leaves three workers injured. crews were transporting gas and it burst into flames. the whole incident is under investigation. there's a big school board vote in the state of road island. every one of providence's teachers could be laid off. the head of the teacher's union is calling the tactics insane. there's no reason all 1900 should be on edge, they said. some cuts will happen, but she's not saying how many. waiting for lift off. discovery is a few hours from the final space mission, it's set to take off this afternoon. six astronauts will ride discovery to the international space station to drop off supplies. discovery wracked up 143 million miles since the first flight in 1984. >> and today's launch is ten
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? >> it's such a transition time of the year. we had snow earlier and now, rain and now even thunderstorms tomorrow. we can't forget about the wind. you like living in maryland, you get it all. >> yeah, stick around for a few minutes. >> right now, 44 degrees average is 47 degrees. we're approaching the 50-degree mark closer and closer to spring. that's about 2 1/2 weeks away. 6 1/2% humidity. a south wind helping to warm us up. 30.16 is the barometer. around the state, temperatures in the 40s around central maryland. 33 in hagerstown and 39 in oakland and 33 in oakland. we have 47 at patuxent river. 39 in westminster.
the coolest spot. then, we'll get down to 49 in the nation's capital. the winds will pick up with the front moving through, we'll have a chance of rain and moisture from the south. we'll have more and more of the winds throughout the afternoon. we'll tap into the warmer temperatures. this is the direction that the weather is coming from. that will move into the region. we'll see the clouds increasing into the afternoon. by late tonight, we'll see the moisture moving in. the colder air is staying to the north. with the colder air close and the moisture and warm air moving in, we'll see the winds picking up and the clash in air masses will bring the potential for thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon. we'll see the cooler temperatures standard and closer to average. we'll see another push of warmer air as the high pressure pulls back into the region monday. we'll see the temperatures
approaching 60 degrees again. we're in the transition. small craft advisories into tomorrow morning next high tide at 11:43 tonight. tonight, we could see soaking rain and fog forming by sunrise. 39degrees is the overnight low and 60 degrees tomorrow. rain and thunderstorms are tapering off into the afternoon. winds will be a factor forfriday. >> thank you. >> well. >> go figure. wjz-13 is always on, here are the top stories on wjz.com at this hour. for the updates on the news and the forecast, go to wjz.com. , mary! hey!
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